Old  February 1st, 2007, 3:08pm     #46
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Here is a post from momofthree about a site that she found to be helpful for kids. I thought it might be helpful some people that are homeschooling.

Thanks momofthree for letting me post this here and passing on this information.


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GREAT site for kiddos Preschool through 1st
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Just thought I would pass along this wonderful site for kids! My daughter gets to play on it a few times a week in school and just loves it!
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  Old  February 1st, 2007, 3:24pm     #47
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This might work for you
I contacted the principal at the school where are son used to go to find out if he could attend the special programs (music, gym, library) even though we were homeschooling. She said that it was up to her discretion and that she would welcome it. She also suggested that he come for the afternoon recess. The afternoon recess is just before the special programs.

This way he will still be able to see his friend’s everyday and get to participate all of the special programs in the afternoon.
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  Old  February 1st, 2007, 11:54pm     #48
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This is our second year homeschooling. Our kids are 6, 3, 16 months and #4 is due in July.

We homeschool year round, five days a week. I've found that not taking big scheduled breaks gives me the flexibility to take a day off or let ds take a day off when we want to.

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  Old  February 7th, 2007, 3:06pm     #49
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Neat thread!

A long long time ago, we had talked about the kiddos being homeschooled. Then, we talked about me going back to work when our latest addition turns one. Imagine my surprise when the other night we were talking about schooling and DH is really into the idea of homeschooling again.

Me? I have mixed feelings. After being a career woman for 16 years we had a baby and I became a SAHM, had another baby and now we are expecting our third. I am still a SAHM but in the back of my mind I thought, based on our converstaions, I would be returning to work. I LOVE being a SAHM and never wanted to go back to work. But then I guess I adjusted to the idea b/c I thought I had to work. Now, I am adjusting once again to the notion that I may be home for the next several years or so teaching our children.

I am devouring every website out there trying to get info. I have ordered some books. Our oldest is three and I still have time until her schooling would start. I guess I am already starting to panic. Are we making the right decisions for our children? Do they want to be home all day with Mom learing instead of in a school setting? Do I want to be home all day? CAN I DO THIS? Can I teach my children everything they need to know?

How did you decide to homeschool? Did you ever doubt yourself? Or did you know with all your heart that it was the right thing to do?

I went to public school. Everyone I know went to public school. We have several family members who teach and work within the school systems. Its all I have ever known.

Lastly, I need resources. We live very rural. I dont even know where to begin to find others in my area who homeschool. Is there a national homeschooling group? Or groups by state? Etc...? Are there any books or websites that you would recommend to someone who just isnt 100% on board yet?
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  Old  February 7th, 2007, 3:26pm     #50
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How did you decide to homeschool? Did you ever doubt yourself? Or did you know with all your heart that it was the right thing to do?
How about both? LOL I knew for sure that I wanted to do it, but I doubted myself a ton! It's a very scary decision, at least it was for me. What helped me was realizing that we all get to maturity with gaps in our knowledge. None of us graduates from high school knowing everything. So even though there will be some things my kids end up not learning from me, they will be well educated enough to know how to find out the answers.

There are no national groups as far as I know, but there are generally state wide groups. Here's a list for New York.

http://www.home-school.com/groups/NY.html

There are both secular and religious-based groups, as well. Good luck!
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  Old  February 7th, 2007, 5:39pm     #51
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As fellow homeschoolers, I wanted to share our exciting news with you. Our 16 yr DS made National Merit Finalist! This should result in a great scholarship package. He only went to public 1 year and it was a terrible experience. Yes, he is social. He works, volunteers, plays sports, & takes dual enrollment at our local tech college. Now I only have to homeschool the other 2 for about 11 years, then I can retire.

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  Old  February 7th, 2007, 8:16pm     #52
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Congrats!!!

My son was nominated for the Who's Who Among Outstanding Students in America. I have a feeling that his former school teacher(one of the one's who told me to homeschool or send to private school) nominated him.
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  Old  February 7th, 2007, 8:24pm     #53
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As fellow homeschoolers, I wanted to share our exciting news with you. Our 16 yr DS made National Merit Finalist! This should result in a great scholarship package. He only went to public 1 year and it was a terrible experience. Yes, he is social. He works, volunteers, plays sports, & takes dual enrollment at our local tech college. Now I only have to homeschool the other 2 for about 11 years, then I can retire.

You should be so proud!!! See, this is the kind of good news I need to hear about to help me realize that homeschooling is the way to go.
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  Old  February 7th, 2007, 8:26pm     #54
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How about both? LOL I knew for sure that I wanted to do it, but I doubted myself a ton! It's a very scary decision, at least it was for me. What helped me was realizing that we all get to maturity with gaps in our knowledge. None of us graduates from high school knowing everything. So even though there will be some things my kids end up not learning from me, they will be well educated enough to know how to find out the answers.

There are no national groups as far as I know, but there are generally state wide groups. Here's a list for New York.

http://www.home-school.com/groups/NY.html

There are both secular and religious-based groups, as well. Good luck!
Thanks for the link!
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I am just starting to find internet resources for use to begin homeschooling next year. I will list any that seem useful as I find them. I have not had a chance to research each link in depth so some may be more helpful than others, hopefully most will be good ones

Language Arts

http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/index.html
The Children's Literature Web Guide

http://www-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

http://pantheon.org/areas/
Encyclopedia Mythica

http://teacher.scholastic.com/fieldt...x.htm#language
Internet Field Trips, Scholastic

http://www.emtech.net/language_arts.htm
a list of many different resources

http://www.col-ed.org/cur/lang.html
Language Arts Lesson Plans

http://smithsonianeducation.org/
Lesson plans by the Smithsonian
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Etymology & Linguistics

http://www.etymologic.com/
The tougest word game on the web

http://members.aol.com/morelandc/phrases.htm
You probably know what these phrases mean, you may use them yourself. But why do they mean what they do? Phrases usually have meaning that goes beyond the words in the phrase. This page investigates how common phrases came to be.

http://www.takeourword.com/
the bi-weekly Word-origin Webzine

http://www.behindthename.com/
the etymology and history of first names

http://www.etymonline.com/
Online Etymology Dictionary

http://odin.bio.miami.edu/norse/words.html
English words of Norse origin
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Grammar, Usage, & Punctuation

http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~...lang_ling.html
Language & Linguistics- Learn to read Middle English & Chaucer

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/
Common Errors in English

http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html
Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.

http://www.gcse.com/english/index.htm
GCSE English

http://www.andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/writing/
Guide to Grammar and Style by By Jack Lynch
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Literature

http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/rec...art&lit.shtm#5
PBS Teacher Source- Arts & Literature

http://teacher.scholastic.com/fieldtrp/index.htm#child
Internet Field Trips, Scholastic

http://classics.mit.edu/
The Internet Classics Archive

http://www.pinkmonkey.com/coreconcep...nglish-lit.htm
a list of research resources organized by subject

http://members.tripod.com/~jbrennan/...iterature.html
Brennan Family Study Center:
Literature Resources

http://www.luminarium.org/lumina.htm
Anthology of English Literature

http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/
Complete annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on the Internet. Includes Charles & Mary Lamb's wonderful Tales from Shakespeare, indisputably the premier work for introducing Shakespeare to children.

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/
Listing over 25,000 free books on the Web

http://www.pinkmonkey.com/
PinkMonkey.com features over 430 Study Guides / Booknotes / Online Chapter Summary Notes and Analysis for the most popular titles.

http://www.promo.net/pg/
Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of FREE electronic books (eBooks or eTexts).
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Reading Skills

http://www.abcteach.com/
This is the place for kids, parents, student teachers, and teachers.
Free Printables: 5000+ free printable pages and worksheets.
Membership Printables: Over 12,000 worksheets.

http://www.meddybemps.com/9.601.html
Learning activities

http://teachers.net/mentors/4blocks/
Curriculum materials for a classroom literacy program.

http://www.ipl.org/youth/storyhour/
Lots of early childhood stories for reading aloud or together. A great way to introduce small children to reading.

http://english.glendale.cc.ca.us/speed1.html
This is a great site with tips on how to improve your reading skills, for older students and adults.

http://www.seussville.com/
A great interactive site
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Spelling

www.ucc.ie/info/net/acronyms/acro.html
The Internet Acronym Server

http://www.spellingbee.com/
Learn how your children can participate in the National Spelling Bee, then follow tips to improve their spelling.

http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/hmsv/
Program for elementary and intermediate children, includes lots of activities and projects to teach spelling.

http://www.spellweb.com/
Very unique site for fun and facts.
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